MS/PhDs – University of Illinois, USA

The Nesbitt Research Group has several fully-funded student openings available in the area of clouds, precipitation, mesoscale meteorology, and remote sensing, beginning in January 2016.  The application deadline is October 15.
The projects include:
  • A NASA-funded project to investigate the interaction between surface winds surrounding oceanic precipitation systems as retrieved from ocean scatterometer winds, state of the art reanalyses, and current generation satellite precipitation estimates to study the life cycle of oceanic precipitation.  This work is in collaboration with Dr. Timothy Lang at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.
  • A NASA-funded project to use multi-frequency radar and in situ data collected in NASA Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Ground Validation field campaigns to improve satellite precipitation retrievals.  This research is in collaboration with Illinois professor Greg McFarquhar.
  • A Department of Energy-funded observational and modeling project to investigate the characteristics of convectively-generated cold pools and their dynamical interaction with convective systems.  This research is to be conducted in collaboration with Illinois professors Jeff Trapp and Sonia-Lasher Trapp.
The Department of Atmospheric Sciences ( at the University of Illinois is a leader in physical meteorology and high-impact weather and climate studies and the faculty are developing a state of the art mobile precipitation-aerosol observatory.  The Illinois campus is home to the largest supercomputer on any university campus, and is the most internationally-diverse public university campus in the US.
If you have interest in any of these projects, please do not hesitate to contact me (  Additional information about application requirements (particularly for non-US students) is available at:

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